Past Stories

The Housing Crisis: We’re All in This Together

Don’t stand idly by while seniors are evicted — you may be next By Louise Sevilla The author is a licensed clinical social worker and Venice resident. Recent news reports about more than 150 seniors ages 70 to 105 being&hel...


Opinion Power to Speak: Six Hours Isn’t Enough

Police officers should get more training on how to deal with the mentally ill By Bettina Gantsweg The slight man shuffles along in front of a laundromat on Washington Boulevard, stops and sets down an orange drink in the middle...


Opinion: Science, Technology and Social Justice

Is LAUSD abandoning its core values by creating a new school for Playa Vista families? By Karen Wolfe The author is a local public education advocate and the founder of Public Schools Connect (psconnectnow.org). Public educati...



Opinion: There’s no stopping the Westside Behemoth

When LAX agreed to abandon its incursions into Westchester, it won the right to increase flight traffic without limit By Charles Rappleye An A380 cuts the ribbon for LAX’s 2013 grand opening of its Villaraigosa Concourse at ...


Opinion: Get on the Bus

Putting conflict above cooperation to attack mass transit only hurts the common good By Ed King King is transit director for Big Blue Bus. He is responding to the Oct. 20 story “They Beat the Bus,” about Venice residents wh...


Opinion: Vote from the Bottom Up

Measure M and Prop HHH are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to address traffic and homelessness By L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin Bonin represents Council District 11, which includes Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, De...



Opinion Power To Speak: Who’re You Calling a NIMBY?

By Kenneth S. Alpern, M.D. The author is chair of The Transit Coalition, a grassroots public transportation advocacy group. He’s also led both the Planning and Transportation committees of the Mar Vista Community Council. Wit...


Opinion: NIMBYism Gone Wild

Ballot initiatives by Santa Monica’s Residocracy and L.A.’s Michael Weinstein would hurt everyone By Charles Rappleye Michael Weinstein is a loudmouth iconoclast who has made much money — and many enemies — as the leade...


Opinion: The DWP is Out of Control

L.A.’s public utility, seeking yet another rate increase, has become a monument to avarice By Charles Rappleye Utility managers are plugged into your piggybank So the L.A. Department of Water and Power is seeking a rate inc...



Opinion: No Free Rides to a Better Tomorrow

The loudest complainer about the homeless in Venice opposes a city plan to finally  ‘do something’ about it? Give me a break! By Linda Lucks The author, a former president of the Venice Neighborhood Council, is writing in ...